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Idealistic Studies

Volume 49, Issue 1, Spring 2019

Marco Stango
Pages 45-63
DOI: 10.5840/idstudies20198699

Wittgenstein, Peirce, and Death

The paper presents a Peircean criticism of Wittgenstein’s views on death. By exploring the notion of ‘limit’ central to both Wittgenstein and Peirce, the paper claims that a Peircean pragmatic notion of death can retain the advantages of Wittgenstein’s ‘limit’ notion of death without incurring the shortcomings of the latter, which I identify with semantic and metaphysical externality. I conclude by sketching out some consequences of the Peircean view for a metaphysics of death.

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